International Studies

Your Future in International Studies

Are you interested in international events? Want to work in a foreign country? Are you fluent in a foreign language? If so, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at the University of North Texas may be for you.

By studying International Studies, you could work for an international business or the:

  • American Red Cross
  • CIA
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Security Agency
  • United Nations
  • U.S. commerce, defense or state departments
  • World Health Organization
  • Multinational corporations

During the last 20 years, companies and government agencies have increased their searches for employees who understand international issues to meet the challenges of working with many countries.

What we offer

We have one of the Southwest's largest and most advanced undergraduate degree programs. Our degree program provides you a deep understanding of world diversity and can be taken as a major or minor. We offer concentrations in:

  • International business and economics
  • International development and humanitarian affairs
  • International security and diplomacy
  • Peace studies
  • Regional studies

An academic certificate in Global Perspectives is also available. The certificate will help you develop the cross-cultural communication skills needed to enter a professional program or the global workforce.

We draw on the expertise of faculty members representing numerous academic disciplines. This gives you different perspectives on international subjects. Courses that fulfill degree requirements are available in:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied economics
  • Business administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Economics
  • Emergency management
  • Geography
  • History
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Sociology

The Study Abroad office provides opportunities to study in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa or Latin America for a semester or an academic year. More information about study abroad opportunities is available at our website.

Student organizations such as the Model International Organization and the Sigma Iota Rho honor society sponsor lectures, discussions and events focusing on international subjects. More information about these student organizations is at our website.

What to expect

The International Studies major consists of 39 credit hours, including 27 credit hours in a specific area. You'll also need to complete 6 credit hours of upper-level foreign language classes in addition to the foreign language requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences' core curriculum.

Pursuing a minor in International Studies requires 18 credit hours.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.


High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.